Do loanees have a future at Villa?

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O'Hare shone against Middlesbrough in the cup.

Some of the players who have performed well for Aston Villa this season have come through the loan system. Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings spring to mind but it is worth remembering that we have our own crop of loanees. We have quite a few who will be back at B6 once the season is over – regardless of what division we will be playing in.

In this article, I will be discussing some of these loanees and whether or not I believe they have a future at Villa.

Aaron Tshibola

Aaron Tshibola re-joined Kilmarnock in the summer for his second spell in the SPFL. The 24-year-old midfielder has had a hit and miss season North of the border. Despite making 26 appearances, he has found himself being substituted on a regular basis. He has only managed a single goal and has so far failed to assist any. Hardly anything to get excited over.

I can’t see him having a future at Villa. Many have spoken about his attitude and he has so many others already ahead of him at Villa Park. Tshibola seems happy in Scotland so maybe a permanent deal could be on the cards.

Verdict: No future

Ritchie De Laet

De Laet is one of our loaneesMany were very surprised when Steve Bruce allowed Ritchie De Laet to leave on loan. Bruce seemed to have more faith in Ahmed Elmohammady and Alan Hutton at right back. The Belgium defender has had a successful loan spell in Australia. He has even scored 6 goals in 21 appearances, although they have played him up front at times.

With Frederick Guilbert joining in the summer and Elmohammady playing the way he is, I can’t see a route back for the 30-year-old. There will be plenty of takers for his services but I can’t see a route back to Villa Park for him.

Verdict: No future

Callum O’Hare

Callum O’Hare has been labelled as the next best thing to come out of Villa’s academy. Many wanted him to be given an opportunity at Villa but I think a loan is just what the youngster needed. The 20-year-old has been earning rave reviews since his move to Carlisle. He is getting first team football which is just what he needed.

Out of all our loanees, he is the most likely to be given more chances at Aston Villa. Many see him as Jack Grealish’s long term replacement. Whether he needs another loan next season is yet to be seen and a decision Dean Smith won’t take likely.

Verdict: Future at Aston Villa

Gary Gardner

I would be very surprised to see Gary Gardner in a Villa shirt again. It was no real surprise when he was allowed to leave on loan. The bigger surprise was who he joined. He has become public enemy no.2 at Villa Park. Close behind his brother, Craig.

Verdict: No future

Other players out on loan include Harry McKirdy, Jake Doyle-Hayes and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy. They all still have age on their side and I believe Smith will take an in-depth look at them during pre-season next season.

A loan is the best way to get youngsters first-team football and also see just how good they are. All the very best players over the years, like David Beckham, have all had load spells. It is good to finally see Villa allowing youngsters to get the first team football they deserve.

Which loan players do you think we will see at Villa again? Have your say in the comment section.

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